SAMPLE ACTIVITIES FOR DR. JANE’S BIOGRAPHY
These questions can be used to facilitate a whole-group discussion or answered as a small-group activity. It may be helpful to use a world map or globe.
- Where is London, England?
- Where is the continent of Africa? Where is the country of Kenya? Where is the country of Tanzania? How far away from London do you think Kenya is?
- Where do you live? How far away from Kenya and Tanzania do you think you live?
- Have you heard of Dr. Jane Goodall?
- Why is she well known?
- Who was Dr. Louis Leakey and what research is he famous for?
- What goal have you had to work hard for? Was the effort worth the outcome?
Reflective Journal Questions
- Why is it important to study animals? How does it help people and the environment when we understand more about how animals act?
- Dr. Jane is quoted as saying, “Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.” What does this quote mean to you? What changes do you feel you can make in the world? How can you impact your local community in a positive way?
- If you had the opportunity to study one animal, which animal would you select? Where would you go to study this animal? How do you believe studying this animal could help benefit other animals, people, or the environment?
- Dr. Jane had to be very patient to observe and study the chimpanzees. Write about a time when you had to be very patient and wait for something. What was the benefit of your patience? What was the benefit of Dr. Jane’s patience?
- Create a timeline of important events in Dr. Jane’s life. Why is each event significant?
- Pick one tool you use every day. How do you use this tool? Why is this tool important? Why do you believe this tool was invented?
- What part of Dr. Jane’s life is the most interesting to you? Why?
- What else would you like to learn about Dr. Jane’s life?